Video Recorder Equipment
Now I would like to discuss the different ways to record and store your video feeds from your security cameras
There are 3 basic types of video recording equipment: PC-based Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), Standalone DVRs, and network video recorders (NVRs). Each of these video recorders has their own strengths and knowing which one is more suited for your location will not only help you save money, but help you get the most out of your system!
PC based DVRs are easy to use, flexible, and come with software that provides live view, remote access, and other features that make your DVR more than just a recorder. One thing that makes PCs stand out over standalones is that you can add more cameras to this type of DVR by using a different DVR card setup. However, one thing to keep in mind is that these units usually cost more than standalone DVRs because of the high performance components. PC DVRs are essentially a standard PC with a DVR capture card installed to convert the video feed from your security cameras into a file to be stored on the hard drive. However, some people are under the misconception that any personal computer with a DVR card will do the job, but it isn’t a simple “plug and play” situation. Many crashes, system lock-ups, and instabilities can be blamed on computers that do not have enough processing power for handling multi-camera video processing.
Standalone DVRs use Linux based operating systems that are designed to run just the DVR software and capture the video camera feeds. Standalone DVR’s are the most common and inexpensive type of DVR and offer time lapse, motion detection, email alerts, remote access and 24×7 recording features which makes them perfect for homes and small businesses.
Network Video Recorders (NVRs)
Network video recorders, or NVRs, are video recorders designed to function specifically with IP cameras. These systems feature high performance components that are capable of processing video from numerous multi-megapixel HD cameras simultaneously. Most come with PoE to transmit power, video, and audio over a single Cat5 cable. They are drastically growing in popularity and at the same time decreasing in price which will make NVR’s the best solution for future home and business installations.